Project DescriptionFROM THE ARCHITECTS:
The Crenshaw community has an active history of private and public participation in the revitalization of the Crenshaw Boulevard. In May 2018, the neighborhood will be home to a newly risen Crenshaw Villas, an affordable senior housing complex sponsored by Retirement Housing Foundation and designed by Urban Architecture Lab. Designed to activate its surrounding area, the Villas’ transit-oriented design will provide economic and social integration into the community. The building targets seniors over the age of 62 and provides relief to Los Angeles’ affordability gap.
The five-story building will rise from 36 parking stalls in an underground garage and 3,500 square feet of retail space on ground level. 50 one-and-two bedroom apartments surrounding a central courtyard will be available to low-income senior residents. Crenshaw Villas will include amenities spaces such as a community recreation room, BBQs and seating, computer room lounge, bicycle parking, and social services and administration offices. All spaces have been carefully designed and organized to maximize their accessibility for the physically disabled.
Located just blocks away from the Crenshaw Line, the design continues the scale and materiality of the urban context with its brick based material and consistent scale of storefronts and openings. At the pedestrian scale the ground-floor commercial spaces are inviting, accessible and engaging.
Crenshaw Villas will be a LEED Gold certified building upon completion.